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Jan 20, 2014 4:00am PST
quote have put hoboken in a worse position. >> reporter: zimmer said she's willing to turn over her journal and speak under oath.
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 5:00pm PST
mode as the political future of the governor hangs in the balance. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in may of 2013 is not only false, but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. any suggestion, any suggestion that sandy funds were tied to the approve of any project in new jersey is completely false. >> reporter: new jersey lieutenant governor kim lagano today is denying the allegations made against the christie administration this weekend on msnbc. allegations of possible criminal behavior from the christie administration, pertaining to the city of hoboken and the hurricane that devastated it 15 months ago. >> late tonight, streets in the southwest corner of hoboken are still underwater, abandoned cars littering the streets. >> reporter: after the storm hit, chris christie promised the people of hoboken in person that their city would be rebuilt. >> i spoke to the mayor this morning and told her that hoboken is in the front of my mind. and whenever there's any assistance needed here, we would be here to help. >> hoboken's mayor,
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 6:00pm PST
more fuel. >> reporter: hoboken mayor, dawn zimmer. >> we need more food, we need more resources. so anyone who's listening to this in the city of hoboken or neighboring towns who can get to us, we ask you to come and deliver your supplies. >> that was from "nbc nightly news" on halloween night, which was a few days after sandy had hit. i got to say, though, personally, i vividly remember our coverage of the storm making landfall as it hit. and, specifically, of the flooding and the rescue efforts in hoboken, because the most harrowing live report that we had during that storm was from hoboken, while we were live on the phone with hoboken mayor, dawn zimmer, and she told us something that we had no idea about, before she told us live on the air. watch this. can you tell us at this hour, what's the state of things in hoboken? have you still got deep flooding? are you still doing rescues at this point? >> we still have severe flooding in the city of hoboken. probably half our city is flooded. we have, there's probably about 20,000 people that still remain in their homes, and you know,
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 2:00pm PST
bridgegate look like a real walk in the park, folks. hoboken new jersey mayor dawn zimmer is the person at question this hour. is she really telling the truth? she's claiming the governor used hurricane sandy relief funds as leverage for a private development project. hoboken, new jersey, was devastated by super storm sandy. 80% of the town was flooded. i've seen floods in the upper midwest. when they come, they take everything. hoboken covers just over one square mile of land, but it's more densely populated than new york city. now over a year later, the city of hoboken still hasn't fully recovered from the storm. here's what dawn zimmer said about a meeting she had with the lieutenant governor. >> the lieutenant governor came to hoboken and said, i know it's not right, but go with it. if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. it's not fair for the governor to hold sandy funds hostage for the city of hoboken because he wants me to give back to run private developer. i know it's complicated for the public to understand this. but i have a legal obligation to follow the law. we have to look very
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 4:00pm PST
. the mayor of that city dawn zimmer has now spoken with federal authorities about a message she said she received last summer from governor christie delivered she said by his lieutenant governor. the message if she didn't back a local project being pushed by christie's former aides, the hurricane money would stop flowing to hoboken. zimmer says she recorded that conversation in her personal diary and has turned over that diary to the u.s. attorney's office. she has offered to testify under oath and even to take a lie detector test. in response, the lieutenant governor of the state has denied tying the hurricane funds to the favored project, which of course opens the question of what she did say to the mayor in that parking lot, and why she did site the two issues and what did she mean when she said the message was coming from the governor. a partisan of the governor, rnc chair haley barbour says mayor zimmer may have written her diary at the present time, but inserted it back in the summer, an unlikely possibility giving the presumed need of the mayor to have left those pages for that da
MSNBC
Jan 18, 2014 5:00am PST
about him. it also meant that the city of hoboken got a new mayor, her name, dawn zimmer. she became the city of the city council and being in that job it made her next the line to become the mayor. then in november of 2009 on the same day that christy became governor, dawn zimmer won a full term as the mayor of hoboken. here's the thing, dawn zim ser a democrat and ho boek season a very democratic town but down zimmer was a fan of chris christie. she likes that he had helped clean up her town by taking a mayor who was ready to sell off hoboken for $25,000 and throwing him behind bars. she believes in a lot of his reform agenda even parts that made other democrats uncomfortable. when he called for a local property tax cap, mayor zimmer endorsed the plan. she hosted him for his first town hall meeting. christie liked and christie still like to talk about reaching across the aisle and his relationship with ho back en's mayor fit to a tee, the image that he cultivated. but that's how it used to be but that story turned. if you've been following the news this week, t
CBS
Jan 20, 2014 4:00am PST
another round of bully politics. the mayor of hoboken dawn zimmer says the christie administration tied superstorm sandy relief aid to her support for the support of a real estate project. marlie hall is here in new york with details. marlie, good morning. >> anne-marie, good morning. zimmer says this ultimatum from the christie administration was delivered in may of last year, seven months after her city was devastated by the monster storm. the message says zimmer was delivered by new jersey's lieutenant governor. >> the lieutenant governor pull med aside and said essentially you've got to move forward with the rockefeller project, this project is really important to the governor. and she said that she had been with him on friday night and that this was a direct message from the governor. >> reporter: the rockefeller project is a multi-million-dollar project in hoboken's north end favored by the governor. hoboken was all but run over by flooding. in the first round hoboken received $342,000 of the $1.8 billion it requested. zimmer admits she should have spoken up sooner. >> looking bac
MSNBC
Jan 19, 2014 5:00am PST
, democratic mayor dawn zimmer, came on this show to tell a staggering story. zimmer provided e-mails, letters, and diary entries as documentation to support her allegation governor chris christie's administration has refused to let recovery flow unless the mayor helped push through a luke crative real est development project in her town as represented by the law firm of one of the governor's closest allies. >> the bottom line is it's not fair for the governor to hold sandy funds hostage for the city of hoboken because he wants me to give back to one private developer, and it's important -- i know it's very complicated for the public to really understand all of this, but i have a legal obligation to follow the law, to bring balance development it hoboken. i cannot give a windfall to one property owner because the governor wants me to in exchange for the sandy funds. >> so if what mayor dawn zimmer told us yesterday is true, then it would appear that the christie administration itself was playing politics. with the one thing that christie has built his reputation on not playing politics with, s
CNN
Jan 20, 2014 7:00pm PST
. in a moment, dawn zimmer the one leveling the payback allegations, talked to federal investigators about it over the weekend. and now the background from dana bash. >> it's an ultimatum of epic plit political proportions. chris christie's lieutenant governor says it holy and false. >> being a sandy victim myself makes the mayor's allegations particularly offensive to me. dawn zimmer described a scene right out of a movie saying that lieutenant governor kim guadagno approached her and threatened to withhold money unless the governor backed a project in her town. >> she said she was with him on friday night and this is was a message to the governor. >> this is a more direct tie to christie in bridgegate. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in may of 2013 is not only false, but is i logical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. >> reporter: a spokesman said it's clear that partisan politics are at play here and try to it be faces on television. hoboken's mayor had publicly supported her governor in the past. but provided private journal entries to cnn
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 11:00am PST
development project in the city. she responded to the claims made by mayor dawn zimmer this morning with a flat out denial. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in may of 2013 is not only false. but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. any suggestion, any suggestion that sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in new jersey is completely false. >> zimmer then responded to those remarks in a statement saying, quote, i am genuinely disappointed that the lieutenant governor has lived up to her promise that she would deny linking hoboken's application for sandy hazard mitigation funding with expediting a private development project. the latest back and forth comes after mayor zimmer's appearance on msnbc's up with steve kornacki. >> the lieutenant governor came to hoboken. she pulled me aside in the parking lot, and she said i know it's not right, i know this thing should not be connected. if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. so the bottom line is, it's not fair for the governor to hold sandy funds hostage for the city of ho
NBC
Jan 19, 2014 5:30pm PST
: mayor dawn zimmer says that unless she backed a development project, her city would lose funding for hurricane sandy. >> i will stake my life on it. i will go before anyone that asks me to come and testify and i take a lie detector test and i say to him and his administration, will you do the same? >> reporter: but zimmer faces new questions about her credibility and her timing. >> she also said she liked working with governor christie. so, i think you have to look at her current statement in light of her former statements before this became an orchestrated pile-on. >> reporter: even christie's 2013 democratic opponent, barbara buono, said, "good dawn zimmer came forward, but why did she wait until she smelled blood in the water?" zimmer sounded uncertain two weeks ago as to whether sandy funds were when would as political payback. >> with 20/20 hindsight, you can always look back and say, was it retribution? probably all mayors are reflecting right now and thinking about it. but, you know, i really hope that that's not the case. >> reporter: in interviews this weekend, zimmer sa
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 6:00am PST
. over the weekend, the democratic mayor of hoboken, dawn zimmer, alleged christie withheld sandy aid that would have helped her city recover from the storm. >> it's not fair for the governor to hold sandy funds hostage for the city of hoboken, because he wants me to give back to one private developer. >> zimmer released a statement sunday night saying that after making those allegations that she had met with u.s. attorney in the u.s. attorney's office for several hours at their request, and she promised to provide any requested information and to testify under oath about the facts of what happened. now, zimmer told msnbc steve kornacki saturday, that the lieutenant governor, guadagno, that the money would be withheld unless she supported -- >> the fact is the lieutenant governor came to hoboken, pulled me aside in the parking lot, and said, i know it's not, i know this thing should not be connected, but they are, and if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. >> well, on sunday, governor christie's office released a statement calling the allegations categorically false, and writing this. it's
CNN
Jan 20, 2014 6:00am PST
they are trying to do. >> that was mayor zimmer. she said she turned over her journal and other documents when she met with federal prosecutors for several hours yesterday. just minutes from now the lake tahoe governor guadagno will address those comments. cnn investigative correspondent joins me now with some details first on cnn. chris, what is the lieutenant governor expected to say? >> reporter: good morning. what i'm being told by a source is the lieutenant governor is expected to quote, categorically deny these allegations. dawn zimmer said funds for hoboken would be withheld unless she backed this project that governor christie supported. she recalls a much different discussion. guadagno discussed the redevelopment of hoboken and said zimmer is the one who pressed for sandy funds during that discussion. this source tells me the lieutenant governor told the mayor quote you can't tie those two things together. in these two events you have the mayor of hoboken saying she believes that -- she believes that going forward here -- that -- let me break it down. mayor of hoboken believes the lieuten
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 9:00am PST
to the city of hoboken and described her relationship with mayor zimmer as good. >> in shoort, mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in made of 2013 is not only false, but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny with all of the facts are examined. any suggestion, any suggestion that sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in new jersey is completely false. standing in union beach as we are today, with some of the mayors whose towns were devastated by sandy, and also being a sandy victim myself, makes the mayor's allegations particularly offensive to me. this suggestion that anyone would hold back sandy relief funds for any reason is wholly and completely false. i thought i had a good relationship with the mayor of hoboken. and in fact, just three months after this conversation she said we had occurred, i was walking on the streets with her in hoboken, talking to her about urban markets. >> the crisis for the governor is escalating now. hoboken's mayor met for several hours with the u.s. attorney and turned over her journal and other documents to the feds. she also pro
NBC
Jan 18, 2014 5:30pm PST
a direct threat from the governor of the state of new jersey. >> reporter: dawn zimmer, democratic mayor of hoboken, a city of 50,000 across from new york said last may christie's lieutenant governor, kim guadagno, made the threat in a parking lot telling her it is very important to the governor that she back a billion dollar development project or we are not going to be able to help you with funds to rebuild from hurricane sandy. >> and she said, i know these things are not right, these things should not be connected but they are and if you tell anybody, i'll deny it. >> reporter: zimmer says she couldn't believe it. >> i'm stunned that he would use the sandy funds and hold those sandy funds over my head when you consider what happened to hoboken, we were devastated. >> reporter: zimmer says another message came a few days later from richard constable, christie's community affairs commissioner. >> he said, if you move ahead with that project, money will flow. >> reporter: e-mails show the project is represented by the law firm of david sampson, one of christie's top political advisors,
CNN
Jan 19, 2014 11:00am PST
something. >> that is the hoboken mayor dawn zimmer making stung allegations against new jersey governor chris christie. zimmer standing next to christie in videotape you see right here told cnn state of the union today christie's office is paying politics with sandy relief money. the governor's office is already denying it. following this tore live from washington, what more do we know about the mayor's claims and how she will substantiate them. >> reporter: fred, the mayor went farther than before. on cnn she's tying governor christie chris directly to the threats of retaliation. the alleged retaliation from christie's team happened seven months ago. on the state of the union hoboken mayor dawn zimmer told candy crowley why she's coming forward now. >> i was worried no one would believe me and we'd really be cut out of sandy. i see parallel. >> was held hostage until she pushed through a project by rockefeller group, a real estate developer with ties to the new jersey governor. >> after this hoboken event in may in a nearby parking lot, zimmer says christie's lieutenant governor commun
CNN
Jan 20, 2014 1:00pm PST
mayor dawn zimmer says that sandy relief funds were being with held if she didn't go along with a development program. >> our conversation in may of 2013 is not only false but it's illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. >> with 80% of her city under water after superstorm sandy, zimmer was desperate for relief funds and governor christie visited hoboken promising aid. >> i spoke to the mayor and told her that hoboken is in the front of my mind and we're here to help. >> developers have the potential to make huge profits. developers such as the rockefeller group, whose plan to develop an area in north hoboken was stalled by the planning board and that's when zimmer says that the lieutenant governor -- >> pulled me aside and said you've got to move forward with the rockefeller project. it's really important to the governor. and she said that she had been with him on friday night and that this was a direct message from the governor. >> also charging that richard constable told her, quote, the money will flow if she approved the developmen
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 3:00pm PST
escalated into a federal criminal investigation. dawn zimmer, the mayor of hoboken, new jersey, says she met yesterday for more than two hours with the u.s. attorney. this comes after she made the explosive claim that christie's lieutenant governor threatened to withhold hurricane sandy relief money unless she approved a real estate project favored by the governor. mayor zimmer first told the story on on "up with steve kornacki." >> the fact is the lieutenant governor came to hoboken. she pulled me aside in the parking lot and said i know it's not right. i know this thing should not be connected. but if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. so these -- the bottom line is it's not fair for the governor to hold sandy funds hostage for the city of hoboken, because he wants me to give back to one private developer. >> and mayor zimmer showed what she said, her hand-written entries in her diary as proof of her veracity. these are serious allegations after hurricane sandy, hoboken was submerged, a city in crisis. 80% of hoboken was under water. the state had more than $2 billion to disperse. mayor zimmer
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 10:00pm PST
these things should not be connected -- >> hoboken mayor dawn zimmer. >> -- but they are and if you tell anyone i'll deny it. >> charging that christie's number two tried to play politics. >> new allegations of corruption. >> with the sandy recovery money. >> i deny wholeheartedly those allegations. >> lieutenant governor kim guadagno. >> comments made by hoboken mayor dawn zimmer. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation -- >> she acknowledges there was a conversation that she had. >> -- is not only false but is illogical. >> an unequivocal denial. >> where does that leave us here? >> where are we in all this? >> in this she said she said thing. >> the fact is the lieutenant governor came to hoboken -- >> what was said and maybe what wasn't said. >> she said i know it's not right, i know these things should not be connected. >> i deny wholeheartedly those allegations. >> mayor dawn zimmer turned over her journal and other documents to the feds. >> these kinds of messes, they don't go away fast. >> this is federal funds. >> this is escalating. >> now involves the federal prosecutor. >> whe
NBC
Jan 20, 2014 5:30pm PST
hoboken mayor, democrat dawn zimmer, who this weekend went on television and met with the u.s. attorney's office. zimmer claims that last may, the lieutenant governor and another top official, richard constable, seen with the governor just last week, both told her relief funds would be held up unless zimmer backed a major commercial development. >> she said, i know it's not right. i know these things should not be connected, but they are. and if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. >> reporter: today, guadagno acknowledged a conversation, but -- >> i am very surprised by the mayor's allegations. and i deny wholeheartedly those allegations. >> reporter: constable called zimmer's allegations patently false and absurd. the lieutenant governor would not take questions, citing pending investigations. >> why would she make these allegations, lieutenant governor? >> reporter: reached today, zimmer says she is genuinely disappointed in guadagno's response, but stands by her word. zimmer says hoboken only received $342,000 directly from the state. today in a conference call, a christie recovery offici
NBC
Jan 21, 2014 4:00am PST
zimmer who went on television this weekend and met with the u.s. attorneys' office. zimmer claims last may, the lieutenant governor and another top official richard constable seen with the governor just last week both told her relief funds would be held up unless zimmer backed a major commercial development. >> she said, i know it's not right, i know this thing should not be connected but they are. and if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. >> reporter: guadagno acknowledged a conversation, but -- >> i am very surprised by the mayor's allegations. and i deny whole heartedly those allegations. >> reporter: constable calls zimmer's allegations patently false and absurd. the lieutenant governor would not take questions, citing pending investigations. why would she make these allegations, lieutenant governor? zimmer said she's genuinely disappointed in guadagno's response but stands by her word. zimmer says hoboken only received $342,000, directly from the state. christie recovery official said the administration helped deliver $70 million in mostly federal aid to hoboken's residents and busine
NBC
Jan 20, 2014 7:00pm EST
, democrat, dawn zimmer, who this weekend went on television and met with the u.s. attorney's office. zimmer claims that last may, the lieutenant governor and another top official, richard constable, seen with the governor just last week, both told her relief funds would be held up unless zimmer backed a major commercial development. >> she said, i know it's not right. i know these things should not be connected, but they are. and if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. >> reporter: today, guadagno acknowledged a conversation, but -- >> i am very surprised by the mayor's allegations. and i deny wholeheartedly those allegations. >> reporter: constable called zimmer's allegations patently false and absurd. the lieutenant governor would not take questions, citing pending investigations. >> why would she make these allegations, lieutenant governor? >> reporter: reached today, zimmer says she is genuinely disappointed in guadano's response, but stands by her word. zimmer says hoboken only received $342,000 directly from the state. today in a conference call, a christie recovery official said the admini
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 1:00pm PST
in the political puzzle of retribution. in her personal journal, zimmer said she writes about the day new jersey's lieutenant governor told he would deny her funds for relief unless she supported something for chris christie. this morning lieutenant governor whole heartedly denied the story of quid pro quo. >> mayor zimmer's version of our consideration in may of 2013 is not only false, but it is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all the facts are examined. any suggestion that sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in new jersey is completely false. >> mayor zimmer is standing by her claim and released this statement following the lieutenant governor's remarks. i'm genuinely disappointed that she would deny hazard mitigation dpun funding. i stand by my word. between the two investigations, the 20 subpoenas, the federal investigation into the misuse of hurricane sandy relief funds and u.s. attorneys looking into the allegations, it is easy to forget that just three weeks ago chris christie was the republican parties last best hope for 2016. christie said even though the
CNN
Jan 20, 2014 2:00pm PST
against these accusations that dawn zimmer has had. they even described a conference call describing how much they have done for hoboken. chris christie's lieutenant governor spent the day defending herself and her boss against growing allegations of political retribution that now stretch far beyond traffic jams in ft. lee. >> the suggestion that anyone would hold back sandy relief funds for any reason is wholly and completely false. >> reporter: guadagno is playing defense after being accused by dawn zimmer of intimidation in the aftermath of superstorm sandy. in an interview on sunday with candy crowley, zimmer said that she was told that hoboken would receive millions of dollars in storm recovery only if she pushed a real estate project by the rockefeller group, a developer with ties to the governor and his allies. >> she pulled me aside and said essentially you've got to move forward with the rockefeller project. this project is really important to the governor. >> reporter: as evidence, zimmer points to journal entries she says she wrote about the confrontation that day. she now tur
Al Jazeera America
Jan 19, 2014 12:00pm EST
this afternoon. >>> more allegations against nfnlg governor chris christie. the latest from dawn zimmer. she says christie's organization withheld hurricane sandy relief money. >> after chris christie visited the sunshine state trying to shore up support from republican donors, another dark cloud was over his administration. ing dawn zimmer is accusing christie of withholding hurricane sandy relief money because she didn't get behind a billion dollar project. his administration said, this wouldn't happen. >> if you tell anybody i'll deny it he said. >> showed that the project is represented by the law firm of david samson a top christie political supporter. one of 20 subpoenaed in a separate scandal tied to the christie administration, related to the shutting of traffic lanes ton george washington bridge. christie has denied any knowledge of the scandal and instead blamed his aides. >> i'm embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team. >> reporter: now the governor's office is denying the most recent allegations saying it's very clear partisan politics are at play h
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 8:00am PST
at the center of scandal. dawn zimmer met with u.s. attorneys yesterday, one day after her appearance on "up with steve kornacki." here's what she said on this channel saturday when she accused lieutenant governor kim guadagno. >> the fact is that the lieutenant governor came to hoboken, she pulled me aside in the parking lot, and she said, i know it's not right, i know these things should not be connected, but they are and if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. and so these -- i mean, the bottom line is, it's not fair for the governor to hold sandy funds hostage for the city of hoboken because he wants me to give back to one private developer. >> on the other side, the governor's office denies any federal money was held from hoboken saying in a statement, "governor christie and his entire administration have been helping hoboken get the help they need after sandy, with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million in federal aid." >> this is not somebody who had an adversarial relationship with the christie administration. on most fronts, dawn zimmer was aligned with and a governi
FOX News
Jan 20, 2014 6:00pm PST
zimmer. >> plus a well known hollywood actress forced out of a job after having the nerve to back a tea party candidate. she'll join us live with what happened behind the scenes. >>> and one of the darlings of the democratic party gets caught playing fast and loose with the facts on her resume. the kelley file starts now. >>> and breaking tonight a new jersey mayor refusing to answer our questions after she joins in on what is looking like an effort to kill the presidential chances of the man who might be able to beat hillary clinton. >> that was hoboken mayor dawn zimmer running from our camera and refusing our interview request. after she appeared on two main stream cable shows this weekend. claiming that his lieutenant governor told her that hurricane sandy relief funds would not be forthcoming unless the mayor backed her redevelopment project favored by the governor. here's the mayor. >> the major question is did they connect sanding funding, hoboken sandy funding to the rockefeller project? the fact is that is what they did. i'm coming forward. >> her proof, her own word, allegedly
NBC
Jan 20, 2014 4:00am PST
zimmer alleges christie's lieutenant governor threatened her, unless she back a billion dollar development project, her city would lose funding for sandy recovery. >> i would stake my life on it. i will go before anyone that asks me to come and testify. i will take a lie detector test and i say to, you know, him and his administration, will you do the same? >> reporter: zimmer faces new questions about her credibility and her timing. >> she also said she liked working with governor christie. so i think you have to look at her current statement in light of her former statement before this became an orchestrated pile on. >> reporter: even christie's 2013 democratic opponent barbara buono took a swipe tweeting. zimmer sounded uncertain whether sandy funds had been withheld as political payback. >> with 2020 hindsight and the context we're in now, you can look back and say, okay, it is retribution, but i think probably all mayors are reflecting now and thinking about it. but, you know, i really hope that that's not the case. >> reporter: in interviews this weekend, zimmer said she
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 2:00am PST
zimmer says christie's lieutenant governor threatened her that unless she backed a project, they would cut the sandy funding. >> i will stake my life on it. i will take a lie detector test. i say to him and his administration, will you do the same? >> reporter: but zimmer faces new questions about her credibility and her timing. >> she also said she liked working with governor christie so i think you have to look at her current statement in light of her former statements before this became an orchestrated pile on. >> reporter: even christie's 2013 democratic swipe saying good dawn zimmer came forward but why did she wait until she saw blood in the water. >> with 20-20 hindsight and the context we're in now, you can look back and say, okay, it's retribution. so i think probably all mayors are reflecting right now and thinking about it, but, you know, i -- i really hope that that's not the case. >> in interviews this weekend, zimmer said she didn't mention the sandy threat before because she feared nobody would believe her and she was still in the process of deciding to come forward. chr
MSNBC
Jan 21, 2014 2:00am PST
zimmer who this weekend went on television and met with the u.s. attorneys office. zirm claims last may the lieutenant governor and another top official seen with the governor just last week both told her relief funds would be held up unless zimmer backed a major commercial develop. . >> she said, i know it's not right. i know this should not be connected but they are. if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. >> she acknowledged a conversation but -- >> i'm very surprised by the mayor's allegations and i deny wholeheartedly those allegations. >> reporter: constable said they are false and absurd. the lieutenant governor would not take questions citing pending investigations. why would she make the allegations? zimmer says she is genuinely disappointed in her response but stands by her word. zimmer says they only received $342,000 directly from the state. christie recovery officials said the administration helped deliver $70 million in mostly federal aid to the residence and businesses. >> i'm scratching my head a little bit about, you know, any community that's getting the shortened of the sti
MSNBC
Jan 19, 2014 9:00am PST
levelled against aides of governor chris christie. hoboken mayor don zimmer says that two officials held up hurricane sandy relief money unless she approved a redevelopment project. they strongly deny it, but now state lawmakers are calling for an investigation. joining me with more on this story, nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. with a good sunday to you, my friend, what are you hearing? >> hi, alex. general assembly leaders in new jersey who already served christie's office with 20 subpoenas say they now may expand their probe to look at new allegations christie withheld relief money from hurricane sandy when one mayor refused to play ball. and taps that state senate users are going to use their subpoena power as well. governor chris christie continues his weekend swing through florida while he faces fresh charges back home with political retribution. >> i remember telling my inner circle, i can't believe this. i just received a direct threat from the governor of the state of new jersey. >> dawn zimmer, democratic mayor of hoboken across from new york city, s
CNN
Jan 21, 2014 1:00am PST
exclusive." mayor dawn zimmer of hoboken, new jersey, already accused chris christie of withholding sandy relief money from her battered city for political payback. she's already taken fire from the biggest names in national politics for saying what she has, talked to federal investigators over the weekend. now on this program, the mayor reveals documents she says help back up her case. in a moment, you can decide for yourself. first, dana bash on how we got here. >> tina: it's an ultimatum of epic political proportions, support our project or lose sandy relief funding. the lieutenant governor calls it wholly and politically false. >> being a sandy victim myself makes the mayor's allegations particularly offensive to me. >> tina: hoboken mayor dawn zimmer described the scene to cnn's candy crowley right out of a movie, saying lieutenant governor kim gau gau dano asked her to support a redevelopment project in her town or she would with hold sandy money. >> this project is very important with the governor and she said she had been with him friday night and this is a direct message from the
MSNBC
Jan 18, 2014 9:00am PST
obligation to follow the law, to bring balance development to hoboken. >> that is hoboken mayor dawn zimmer. and joining me is msnbc's steve kornacki. steve, thanks. let's get all over this. first of all, i want to read the statement sent to you by the governor and lieutenant governor, speaking for both of them. and here's how it reads. mayor zimmer has been object fusive in her public praise in the assistance we provided in terms of economic development and sandy aid. what or who is driving her only now to say such outlandishly false things is anyone's guess. sum up this story for us. >> yeah, so i mean, part of the context that actually does mesh with the statement you got from the governor, the important thing to understand, if you look at this nationally, you might be tempted to say, democratic mayor, chris christie is a republican, he's down right now. so, of course, the democrats joining. you have to keep in mind, dawn zimmer was one of the democrats who had an alliance with chris christie, a working partnership with him. and she even said in her interview on our show today, she likes
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 3:00am PST
. yesterday, hoboken mayor dawn zimmer met with the lawyers of the attorney's office after accused the governor using hurricane sandy relief funds for political favor. she towed she was in told in may from kim guadagno unless she supported a project in hoboken, she would not receive hurricane relief. >> the fact is the lieutenant governor came to hoboken. she pulled me aside in the parking lot and she said, "know it's not right. i know this thing should not be connected but they are and if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. so these -- the bottom line is it's not fair for the governor to hold sandy funds hostage for the city of hoboken because he wants me to give back to one private developer. i cannot give a windfall to one property owner because the governor wants me to in exchange for the sandy funds. i feel like i'm literally between a rock and a hard place. >> why come forward now and not before now? >> i probably should have come forward then. this is probably the hardest thing i've ever done so i probably should have come forward but i literally feel like we -- i have to act in
CNN
Jan 20, 2014 10:00am PST
, lieutenant governor said three times that zimmer's claims were false, and listen here to her describe why this bothered her personally. >> standing in union beach, as we are today, with some of the mayors whose towns were devastated by sandy and also being a sandy victim myself, makes the mayor's allegations particularly offensive to me. >> reporter: now, she also gave some details to describe their relationship, and why she thinks zimmer's story is dubious. zimmer did put out a statement shortly thereafter, to say she was standing by her story, wolf. >> zimmer, the mayor of hoboken, says she has spoken to federal investigators, the u.s. attorney. she says she spent two hours answering questions yesterday about her allegations and also submitted to the u.s. attorney her own diary, which she said was contemporaneous notes of that alleged meeting in the parking lot. what do we know -- what else do we know about this investigation? >> reporter: well, wolf, at that point, this is it. this -- that was sunday of a holiday weekend, that two-hour meeting, and handing over the diary. we believe th
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 7:00am PST
with mayor zimmer in may of last year. she didn't address whether she pressed the mayor to support this rockefeller group project that the mayor described in detail on saturday, so whether or not that was a subject of the conversation is an open question. she also didn't take questions. she made it clear, she said, that it's false that any sandy funds were withheld in exchange for not supporting this project or there was any connection, so it's worth looking very carefully at what she said. it is also worth pointing out that what happened last night may be the most significant development here, because the mayor met with the u.s. attorney's office, federal agents would have been there. it would have been a crime for her to lie to those federal agents last night in laying out her account of the conversation. so, inevitably now, the lieutenant governor is going to be questioned, as well, and, you know, she's going to be getting a lot more detailed questions about her account of that conversation than she just gave to the public. >> what we should say is she did not take any questions
MSNBC
Jan 20, 2014 10:00am PST
because dawn zimmer would not support a private development project that the governor wanted. >> the fact is that the lieutenant governor came to hoboken, she pulled me aside in the parking lot and said, i know it's not right and this thing should not be connected but they are. if you tell anyone, i'll deny it. >> who's telling the truth? as the scandal grows beyond lane closures on the george washington bridge, can christie's political future survive this expanding investigation. charlie cook and chuck todd are weighing in. >>> sochi surprise as olympic torch arrived in the city of volgograd. a chilling video and warning of a new threat at the olympics next month. we'll have the latest from richard engel in moscow. >> russian security forces are searching for one woman in particular who's gone missing whom they worry could be involved in an attack on the games. >> no nukes and what officials are calling a major breakthrough, iran today lived up to its pledge halting the enrichment of high grade uran m uranium. we'll have a live report where the moves had an immediate impact with sanctio
Al Jazeera America
Jan 19, 2014 11:00am EST
allegations against new jersey governor chris christie, the latest by hoboken's mayor dawn zimmer. she says kristi's administration withheld relief money because she didn't support a development backed by a company that is politically connected to christie. chris cristfie tried to drum up support and the mayor dawn zimmer is accusing christie of with holding super storm sandy relief money because she didn't get behind a multi-billion dollar development project. zimmer said kristi's lieutenant government made it clear that money would flow if and only if she approved the project. and she said, i know these things are not right and they should not be connected but they are. and if you tell anybody, i will deny it. >> what's more, e-mails obtained by cable news network shows the project is represented by the law firm of david sampson, a top christie political supporter. he is also one of 20 people subpoenaed just last week in a separate scandal tied to the christie administration. it relates to the shuttering of the two traffic lanes on the george washington bridge in september, something demo
NBC
Jan 21, 2014 4:00am EST
zimmer who went on television and met with the u.s. attorneys office. zimmer claims that last may the lieutenant governor and another top official, richard constable seen with the governor last week, both told her relief funds would be held up unless zimmer backed a major commercial development. >> he said i know it's not right and they shouldn't be connected but if you tell anybody i'll deny it. >> i'm very surprised by the mayor's allegations and i deny wholeheartedly those allegations. >> reporter: constable called the allegations patently false and absurd. the lieutenant governor wouldn't take questions. >> why would she make these allegations? >> reporter: zimmer says she is disappointed in guadagno's response but stands by her word. today on a conference call a christie recovery official said the administration helped deliver $70 million in mostly federal aid to hoboken residents and businesses. >> i'm scratching my head about any community getting the short end of the stick. >> reporter: zimmer requested an additional $95 million to prevent future storm damage. not sandy re
Al Jazeera America
Jan 21, 2014 2:00am EST
. mayor dawn zimmer said it was because she refused to support a project. the message was delivered and she was told it was from chris christie herself. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in may of 2013 is not only false, but illogical and does not with stand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. >> the governor's office hays hoboken received millions in relief funds and calls the allegations part of pol tickets. zimmer says she has documents to back up her claims and spoke to the attorney-general's office. >> 11 days after the leak in west virginia many are afraid to drink the water despite guarantees that it is safe. state lawmakers are discussing regulations aimed at stopping a similar field. we are going to talk about the ongoing situation. we continue to test the water supply every hour. a non-detect level. we'll continue do that and to try to get the smell out of the water as quickly as possible. you know, if people are not comfortable drinking the water, they should use bottled water. we are trying to get things back to order as quickly as we can. it's been
CNN
Jan 20, 2014 10:00pm PST
the mayor's allegations particularly offensive to me. dawn zimmer described a scene right out of a movie saying that lieutenant governor kim guadagno approached her and threatened to withhold money unless the governor backed a project in her town. >> she said she was with him on friday night and this is was a message to the governor. >> reporter: this is a much more direct tie to christie in bridgegate. one that the mayor made up. >> mayor zimmer's version of our conversation in may of 2013 is not only false but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. >> reporter: a christie spokesman said it's very clear that part son politics are at play here and try to it the faces of television. hoboken's mayor had publicly supported her governor in the past. but provided private journal entries to cnn which told a different story. she wrote at the time, i thought he was something different. this week i found he is cut from the same corrupt cloth i have been fighting for the last four years. sources who attended this weekend say that christie argued the way he
CNN
Jan 19, 2014 5:00am PST
claims. zimmer's spokesperson gave cnn this statement. the bottom line is that the lieutenant governor came it to hoboken, pulled me aside in a parking lot and made it clear that sandy aid was contingent on moving ahead with the rockefeller development. she knew that it was wrong and even said so. however, just last week, zimmer told cnn she did not think sandy aid money was being withheld from hoboken because she didn't endorse christie's re-election. you hear the difference there. cnn has not had a chance to question zimmer about the discrepancy in her statements. >> but we will. responding to the latest claims, a spokesman for christie, considered a top 2016 republican presidential contender, remember, blasted the report saying, "governor christie and his entire administration have been helping hoboken get the had help they need after sandy with the city already having been approved for nearly $70 million in federal aid and is targeted to get even more when the obama administration approves the next rounds of funding. so christie's camp calls the claim partisan politics. >> the alle
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